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The Macedonia international believes the Portuguese is the best coach in the world and feels his old boss is poised to land his third European Cup

Napoli striker Goran Pandev is backing Jose Mourinho to lead Real Madrid to glory in this season's Champions League.

The Macedonia international was part of the Inter side that recorded a historic treble under the Portuguese coach three years ago and he still has the utmost respect for his former boss.

And while Pandev acknowledges that Madrid face stiff competition for this season's Champions League crown from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, he still suspects that Mourinho will land the title.

"He is an extraordinary coach. The best of all," the forward enthused during an interview with Il Mattino.

"He can win the Champions League and my hope is that he does it again this year.

"Madrid are a great team. They are all great sides at the semi-final stage so it is difficult to make predictions, but Mourinho has great experience and is accustomed to winning."

Napoli face a crucial Serie A clash with AC Milan on Sunday, knowing that a victory at San Siro would propel them seven points clear of Massimiliano Allegri's men as they chase a second-placed finish.

"During my years with Inter, it was a deeply felt derby for me, but now my thoughts are only of Napoli," he continued.

"It's going to be a crucial match; very important. Milan are a great team with great champions. It will require a great performance on our part to win, but we are preparing well for the match.

"We want to claim what would be a big win to seal the deal in terms of second place."

Napoil's match-up with the Rossoneri is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET on Sunday.

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